2023 Lexus RZ 450e verdict and specs

The Lexus RZ 450e is the brand’s first bespoke electric car, featuring cutting-edge tech, including a steering wheel straight out of science fiction...

Lexus RZ 450e 2023 static

Verdict

Given that we’ve only driven the Lexus RZ 450e on track, and much of our time with it was focused on the steer-by-wire system, it’s impossible to give a star rating at this time. But it’s clearly set to be a credible contender in the premium SUV ranks, and one that offers some key differences and technology to its rivals.

Order books will open later this year, when the RZ 450e is likely to cost from around £60,000. UK deliveries are due to begin in early 2023, with steer-by-wire models following in late 2023.

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Specifications: Lexus RZ 450e

Price from £60,000 (est) Engine Twin electric motors Power 308bhp Torque 321lb lb ft Gearbox single-speed automatic 0-62mph 5.6sec Top speed 99mph Official range More than 250 miles (WLTP) CO2, tax band 0g/km, 2%

Rivals:
Audi Q4 e-tron
Tesla Model Y


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